Employees working at both
the Normal and
Lincoln campuses will be affected. Senior administrators also will
face a 19 percent salary cutback until July 1.
All faculty, as well as staff earning less than $30,000 annually,
won't face furlough days. However, all employees will be asked to
take on a greater share of costs through the college's health care
"We don't want anyone to make the assumption that we are in trouble.
... It's that we don't want to find ourselves in a tailspin," said
The number of furlough days will be based on a staff member's salary,
with estimates of a maximum of 16 days by July 1.
"This economy has hit us just like it's hit a lot
of colleges and universities, and businesses," Hutchinson said. "These are temporary
steps to tighten our belts."
The plan is intended to lower costs without cutting jobs at the
campuses or causing any reduction in academic programs.
The plan stated by Hutchinson is threefold and includes expenditure
cuts in department budgets, furloughs or salary cuts for employees,
and cost-sharing on health care plans for other employees.
[Information received from
Lincoln College; LDN staff]